Alternative Name(s): Long Chair, Lounge

Toy chaise longue made by Mrs Johanna Harry Hillier, nee Gyles, circa 1929-1935, in which was stored toys made from MacRobertson's Max Mint wrappers of waxed paper, printed with a diamond shape in blue and orange with a background of red and blue zig-zag lines.

Mrs Hillier came to Australia from England in 1881. She was a milliner by trade and made a set of these toys for each of three grandchildren. She began by making the fans and then progressed to a variety of other toys. A set of 56 figures, pieces of furniture, costume and costume accessories was donated to Museums Victoria by one of her granddaughters.

Physical Description

Doll sized chaise longue made from cardboard Max mints confectionary box covered with Max Mints wrappers. The Chaise longue rest and ends of bolster cushion are made from pink satin fabric and these parts are padded. Bolster is trimmed with tassell of pink glass beads on one side. Wrappers are cut to form fringe around sides and four covered corks form legs.


Reason for Acquisition: Mrs Johanna Hillier of Geelong made these toys from the wrapping papers of 'Max Mints', between c.1929 - 1935. The toys, and others not on display, were made for her grand-daughter, and show an incredible attention to detail. There's a wardrobe for each doll, full of clothes, shoes and hats; there are pieces of furniture, and there is even a line of washing to be hung out. Her grand-daughter remembers that the toys were only played with on Sundays, under supervision. [Label for the 'To make something new' display.]

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